Fox Picks Up ‘Three Stooges’ From MGM’s Bankruptcy
After being passed from Columbia to Warners to MGM and now to Fox, The Three Stooges looked more like the ball in a rugby highlight than a passion project. It also caused a lot of head scratching when Jim Carrey, Sean Penn and Benecio Del Toro were all involved.
According to Deadline El Paso, that head scratching can continue (even though a new cast will need to be found) because the judge-approved MGM bankruptcy plan has caused the project to land in Fox’s lap with the Farrelly Brothers still on board to direct.
On the one hand, it’s nice to see iconic relics of the Vaudeville generation getting a modern treatment. On the other, casting avatars for the spirit of Larry, Curly, and Moe will be almost as impossible as casting John Belushi for that promised biopic. Actually, it will be harder. Celebrating a life is one thing, but taking over the roles for a brand new fictional feature is another. Hopefully the Peter and Bobby Farrelly are both scratching their own heads (respectively) wondering who on the planet they can possibly rope into the roles.
Also to consider: what does this mean for their long-fabled Happy the Hedgehog movie that the theaters keep teasing us about?